A DEDICATED gardener is celebrating after receiving an astonishing TWENTY-FIVE first place prizes for his impressive array of vegetables and flowers.
Brian Storer's lucky leeks have beaten off all-comers once again, by also being named best in category at the hotly contested agricultural competition in Bakewell at the weekend.
The 67-year-old claimed 11 first places in Bakewell, followed by a further 14 gold medals at the Canwell agricultural show, with his hanging baskets, which were bursting with blooms, named best in the show.
Mr Storer, of Princess Avenue, Linton, is used to receiving accolades for his work, having previously been recognised for his prize-winning pumpkins and outstanding onions, which he tends on his farm, in Cadley Lane, Cauldwell, near Linton.
He has gained quite a reputation among fanatical fruit and vegetable growers, taking first prize at hotly contested competitions in Malvern, Kings Bromley and Bakewell among others.
He said: "To have 25 first places in three days is just fantastic.
"You never know what you are going to see.
"I receive cash prizes at about £200 and I reinvest that all back into the vegetables."
However, fanatical gardener Mr Storer said he couldn't take all the credit and praised the valuable work of his friend Glenys Tagg, from the Swadlincote Gardening Club, who took over his crops while he was in hospital.
He said: "I couldn't have done it without her help. She is fantastic."
He is now looking forward to entering the Malvern Autumn Show which he describes as 'tough competition', as well as Blurton.
Award-winner Mr Storer has also raised more than £80,000 for charities over the years by opening his garden to visitors since he lost his wife.
He has previously been handed a Derbyshire County Council excellence in the community award as a result of his continuing fund-raising drives.